Monday, July 14, 2008

Basic Baby

Had seen a template of this card a while back, (sorry I have no idea where I saw the original), and since it popped in my head to do a baby card, I thought I'd try and remember how. Without the template bookmarked, I was able to figure it out, so don't be intimated - its very easy to do!! With a 4 1/4 by 5 1/2 (folded at top) piece of cardstock I used my 1 3/8" Circle Punch for the 'legs', at the bottom corners, and the 'neck' at the top center of my card. TIP: SU punches are great, the punch has little notches at the half way point of the punch - making it very easy to get an accurate half circle.
Then I measured about 1" down from the top to kreate my arms and about 1/2" in for the 'armpit' portion. Then I used my craft knife and cut a diagonal from the 'armpit' to the 'leg' on each side of the card to kreate your onesie. Between the leg holes I put two score lines and added my Silver Brads (snaps). TIP: For more accurate brad placement, I used my Piercing Mat and tool. If you click to enlarge the image you be able to see more detail. Now you are ready to decorate. Easy right? If you didn't follow my instructions, let me know and I'll try and make it more clear. A little trial and error never hurts - believe it or not all I had was the picture in my head - if I can figure it out, any one can!! :)
To decorate I used a soon to be retired set, Basic Backgrounds, this little set had seen a lot of ink and I'm sad to see it go! Make sure to place your retiring orders before Aug 10th!
So, I inked up my little swirls in White Craft Ink. Then I used my hippo from Pun Fun and stamped him on watercolor paper in Basic Gray. TIP: When watercoloring an image, you want to stamp it in a waterproof ink to avoid the image bleeding. SU has 3 waterproof colors - Basic Brown, Basic Black, Basic Gray. If using another non watercolor ink, be careful not to come too close to your line image. Another suggestion, emboss your image, that way the line image will not bleed either.
Back to watercoloring... I took my Aquapainter and Brocade Blue ink to color in my hippo. TIP: With your ink pad closed, squeeze the lid of your ink pad in the center and when you open it up, you will have a little pool of ink to use to watercolor. I used Pink Passion for the balloon and bow and painted the little toes with a Rose Red Marker. I Ticket Punched the corners and placed it on the Brocade Blue onesie. Maybe should have cut out the hippo? There's always next time. The final touches... Punched a 1 1/4" Circle and then my Scallop Punch around that to kreate a 'frame'. Placed those scallops around the legs and neck and snipped off the excess. Two small Whisper White scraps kreated the band around the arms. Phew that was a long post - sounds like a lot, but really wasn't! All worth it for this cutie! Let me know what ya think and leave me a comment. Love to hear what you think!

For now, go kreate

I was just reminded of the site where I had seen this template. Click here to view the card. Thank you anonymous. Check it out cause she has a great step by step tutorial.


Kris said...

Wow, you did awesome at this without a template.

I made one of these cards and it took me forever to figure it out WITH the template.

Yours is so adorable.

Tiffany said...

Very cute!!!! I love this pattern for a baby card.

Have a great day Kim!

Anonymous said...

The template was from Lauren Meader's blog
Mytime mycreations. She has an AWESOME blog with so many great ideas!!! Your version is WICKED CUTE!!!